Thousands of Pennsylvanians with disabilities are forced to choose between career advancement and life-sustaining medical support. A Pennsylvania Department of Human Services policy, known as Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD), limits how much individuals with disabilities can earn before the benefits that provide them with critical care are taken away, leaving them homebound. Join me, Dr. Josie Badger, PhD, United Way’s #IWantToWork Campaign Manager, to learn more about MAWD and United Way’s petition to #LiftTheLimit on how much people with disabilities can earn.
By Kate McGlynn, Associate Director of Administration and Special Projects, University of Pittsburgh Division of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement
With a career in community and corporate program administration spanning more than a decade, I have seen firsthand the importance of forming strong relationships in the workplace. Going to work every day, we all aspire to an environment that is filled with support, camaraderie and encouragement. It has always been a priority of mine to help build such an atmosphere. So, as someone who has also actively been involved with volunteerism, when I discovered the opportunity to participate in United Way’s Workplace Giving Campaign, I was thrilled to marry two of my life’s passions.
By Tiffini Simoneaux, Early Childhood Manager, Office of Equity at the Office of Mayor William Peduto
Imagine where you might be right now if you had a mentor during your most sensitive, formative years? How might your life be different? What dreams might you have pursued?
By middle school, all kids have distinct interests, ideas or goals they set their sights on, but not every child has the support system to help them realize these aspirations. As a child overflowing with creative ideas, I was often confused and in desperate need of direction – needless to say, I could have used a mentor all throughout middle school.
I am very honored to take on the role of President & CEO of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania because I believe so deeply in the mission of our organization. I have been privileged to be a part of the organization’s senior management team and because of this experience, I understand the challenges and can provide the leadership necessary to build upon current successes. I am eager, driven and excited to continue my life’s work in the non-profit human services sector and motivated to implement more innovative programs that address the human service challenges in our region.
In the last few weeks, we have seen Pittsburgh neighbors from every part of our great city take on the role of givers after the terrible events at the Tree of Life Synagogue. I am so incredibly proud to live in a city where people come together in such tremendous ways. The financial support collected for the victims will make a difference for the families impacted and is greatly appreciated.
I’m sure just about everyone knows a woman who has encountered financial struggles due to an unexpected set-back. You know the life events we’re talking about: job loss, extraordinary health care expenses, caregiving responsibilities, separation, divorce, domestic violence – you could probably add to this list. If you could join others helping women in these tough situations, would you?
I believe in the potential for success of public school students, despite the various challenges they face. Do you? If motivating students to graduate high school and pursue successful careers sounds like an important effort, I have good news for you. Right here in our community, there is a proven program that helps students learn about real jobs and careers, set goals, and understand the importance of school success to achieving their dreams. (…)